Index

  • A great tool “Windows Live Writer” - I was downloading Microsoft’s “Windows Essentials for a user who uses “Windows Live Mail” and as I, when installing only what the user needed,  noticed a program I hadn’t seen before: “Windows Live Writer” as well as the usual “Photo Gallery”, “Movie Maker” and “OneDrive”. Windows Live Writer is a desktop blog-publishing application. All I […]
  • About PC-How2 - I am a mobile teaching unit. I provide quality training for a wide range of applications. I teach computing for the terrified. PC awareness Internet and e-mail Microsoft applications Courses for individuals or for small groups of up to 6 participants Individual tuition on your own PC in your own home. PCs provided for group tuition. […]
  • Backup your system to your desktop, is not a good idea - I have just spent 2½ hours cleaning a Win7 system that had run out of space. My first thought was to back-up all the photos from the pc onto DVDs – yes I did need 2 DVDs there were 8.3 GB of photos; and once finished I found a handful of more photos but I […]
  • Check for duplicated files - How many duplicated files have you got? Have you ever wondered if you have backed-up or copied a file to somewhere? Have you ever wondered if and how many versions of the same file you have stored on your pc? You don’t have to wonder anymore! A student of mine was asking if I knew […]
  • Christmas Greetings - I wish all my followers a merry Christmasand all the best for the Year 2016.
  • Christmas Greetings 2016 - I wish all my friends and followersa Merry Christmasand a prosperous New Year.
  • Computer virus phone scam - A student/customer/friend of mine called me the other day asking for my opinion on a phone call she had had. Someone informing her that she had a serious virus on her pc and could she please help investigating the error. She was thank god nowhere near her pc but when she asked which one they […]
  • Create an instant shutdown and/or restart icon on your desktop. - You will need to use the windows program shutdown.exe (which is normally located in C:\Windows\System32\) and its parameters. The table below is a shortened list of the parameters needed for instant shutdown and/or restart plus the help parameter to display all the parameters defined within your windows system. Parameter Description /s Shuts down the computer. […]
  • Do you know what SEXTING is? - I am sure you know what TEXTING is but do you also know what SEXTING is? This word has recently been added to the English dictionary, it’s a stupid nearly un-pronounceable word; but who am I to decide? What does it mean? It actually means: According to Wikipedia Sexting is the act of sending sexually […]
  • Easy merge of PDF files - I was scanning a booklet into PDF formatted files; but I really only  wanted one file and couldn’t remember how to make the scanner do the work. So I looked around and found this easy and free software: PDFbinder (and downloaded it from CNET). Wow it worked, it wasn’t intrusive to install, and it was […]
  • Educational Slot at Grapevine-mk - I belong to breakfast networking group – Grapevine – inMilton Keynes. Last Thursday I was giving an educational session on “Blogging & RSS”. I had 20 minutes and the speech (which had to be done by a friend of mine, as my voice has gone) and the PowerPoint presentation to the speech went smoothly. Nothing; […]
  • Google is following Microsoft’s example - I feel like swearing!!! Google has changed its programs/apps so that they now only work to their full extent when used through Google Chrome. To use voice commands (providing you have a microphone attached to your PC) in searches; click on the microphone icon and the speak something like: “how to use Google chrome” In […]
  • How to delete an EML extension file. - I came across a strange happening last week. I have started using Thunderbird instead of Microsoft office outlook and I am really getting to grips with it. I have had some minor problems with my settings but that was to be expected as I have over the years build myself a rather complicated email empire. […]
  • How to revive an old XP-PC to a useful PC - First you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it – for instance: has it got enough memory (2gb or more) is the processor good enough (2mhz or better) is there 6gb or more free disk space on your hard drive If you answered “Yes” to all the above questions you can then safely install […]
  • I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - It all started after I successfully installed Ubuntu on a XP laptop; it’s cd/dvd player didn’t work and because of the way Ubuntu installs (from boot up) I couldn’t use an external dvd player; but had to make a bootable flash drive and tell Ubuntu help me installing (this meant that Ubuntu created a dos […]
  • Joy of being an IT Buddy - I have now been working as a volunteer in CMK Library since January 2014 and I am thoroughly enjoying it, even to the extent that instead of 2 hours 1 day a week, I am doing 3 hours twice a week. It is interesting to see lots of people and be able to show them the […]
  • Just a Snippet I came across - How many times have you wanted to be able to cut just a little piece out of a screen display, be it from an advert, an internet picture or just some text somewhere on your screen?   Up till now I had to: take a screenshot (using either [Print Screen] {whole screen} or [Alt]+[Print screen] […]
  • Just another week as an IT-buddy - My first student on Wednesday was a partial sighted young man who had problems with the settings on his laptop. Especially as he could/can only sit at the laptop for about an hour at the most. I was auto-upgraded to Win10; but it also had Office 2013 installed, and the poor lad was used to […]
  • Learn Basic Windows 7 - I have just finished collecting and writing a course on Basic use of Windows 7 and have even given the 1st session. It was quite a fun task and the lessons are aimed at both “new to Windows” pupils as well as “migrated to Windows 7” students. It is only 2 sessions long but after […]
  • Learn how to Blog using WordPress.com - I have nearly finished writing my course on Blogging using WordPress.com It is currently 6 sessions long. It will take my students from: Getting signed-up to creating and modifying their initial 2-3 blogs. Linking their posts to Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn. Changing a Post, Saving Draft copy, Adding Tags and Categories and so on. I […]
  • Microsoft Exchange Server in Outlook 2010 - I noticed that I was receiving email on my mobile that I wasn’t receiving on my desktop through Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 Pro. The last mail I had received was on the 9th of July. I searched high and low (for 2-3 days) and couldn’t find the reason why. There just wasn’t any useful explanation […]
  • Microsoft Office Word 2010 - I have just finished writing my Word 2010 Lessons. It consists of 5 sessions to learn Basic; Intermediate and Advanced Word 2010 and 4 Sessions on “Mail Merge”. It is not possible to have the “Mail Merge” without 1st having gone through the Basic; Intermediate and Advanced Word 2010 Sessions. I am ensuring that my […]
  • Microsoft Office Word 2016 – Custom Dictionaries - I don’t know about you but I regularly add word to my “spelling checker” mainly to get rid of the red-wave-underlining that clutters the main mistakes. So, I add names of people and other words, but sometimes I add a wrong word and now need to remove it from the dictionary. This is how to […]
  • Movie Maker by Microsoft - Have you ever on your smart-phone or your camera shot a whole movie upside down or sideways? When you look at it, at home on your PC, you could cry! What to do?  Bin it or try to recover it? Don’t worry; Microsoft can help you here.  Download and install from the Microsoft download site: “Movie […]
  • My 1st Social Networking Lesson - I have now written a lesson on how to BLOG, using WordPress. And demonstrating the power of said – by publishing to both Facebook and Twitter. My Students are totally confused, but eventually they will grasp the simplicity of blogging. The 1st lesson was theory ONLY! The 2nd will be hands on; but it requires […]
  • My bad start to 2016 - Happy 2016 – I wish you all a successful and prosperous year. Now that I have started ‘working’ again – IT-buddy at the library today was a waste of time as nobody turned up. So my two hours reserved for the library was in vain; and tomorrows two hours has already been cut to just […]
  • My Chromecast Saga - For once the “Getting started” documentation was clear and correct. I plugged the Chromecast #1 (upstairs) into my TV via HDMI; then I had to go online on my smartphone to do the “Setup”, this involved downloading and installing “Google Home” this was so beautifully easy. Before the Chromecast could be used it needed to […]
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  • My pc-muse never arrived - My pc-muse never visited me for the first U3A meeting after the summer break; but I managed to talk about emails and virus “pass-on” when replying, thanks to one member sending in a question about it. This led to talking about Office Outlook 2010 and Microsoft forcing users to change to MS-Exchange Server. By telling […]
  • One favourite OAP scam - This is the scenario: You get a phone call late morning or early afternoon – that pretends to be from BT, SKY, or somewhere popular yearly subscription service; informing you that your contract or insurance is close to expire. They friendly ask if you would like to continue the contract and then offer you to […]
  • Outlook.com introduces the most sophisticated rules in webmail - When it comes to getting organized, Outlook.com has you covered. Starting today, we are releasing Advanced Rules and three other features, all to help you keep your inbox in top shape and make it even easier to see the email that matters to you. The average person has 184 emails in their inbox, and receives […]
  • PC support scam cold calls - PC support scams should not be taken lightly. Beyond the annoyance of receiving the calls, they can leave victims out of pocket and potentially at risk of having their personal details lifted from their PCs. Here are the essentials of what you need to do to stay protected: When the phone rings… 1. If they […]
  • Removing Bing Desktop - Bing Desktop is a free program by Microsoft designed to bring the Bing search engine to the Windows desktop’ It allows you to start a web search from the desktop, view news headlines and set your background to the Bing homepage image. If you have the following image on your desktop and you don’t want […]
  • Reverse ATM pin security HOAX - This good security feature is nothing but a HOAX. Think about it! If your pin number is 1234 then 4321 seems ok; but if 2552 is your number; how do you reverse that number? Also if you have 1231 – logic is reversed 1st and 4th digit triggers the alarm (hehe). And so on and […]
  • Scan (using Canon EX) and create a JPG file - Today a friend of mine wanted to scan in a picture to publish it onto Facebook. The all-in-one scanner-printer used was a Canon MG2100. As each of the “Canon Solution Menu EX” works slightly different so I had to listen to what they were doing at the other end of the phone and hope that […]
  • Summer is over - Back to reality. Get into work mode! Start thinking of what to present to the U3A computer group that meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month. The first meeting after the summer break is tomorrow, and I don’t yet know what to talk about. Hopefully my pc-muse will come visiting before tomorrow.
  • System Restore Error Code 0x81000203 - I was having problems creating “Restore Points” in windows 7. When I opened “System Protection” everything was greyed out; and all I got was an: “System Restore Error Code 0x81000203”. Hunting high and low I finally came across this good advice from the following website: https://windowsforum.com/threads/actual-solution-for-system-restore-error-code-0x81000203.184794/ Both “Volume Shadow Copy” and “Microsoft Software Shadow Copy […]
  • The new Vodafone Broadband Contents Control - I was, sooooo, getting fed-up with the restrictions imposed on me by my new Broadband Service Provider (Vodafone), I couldn’t even check out the “Nord VPN” site, nor follow many links from PC-information sites that I need to follow for information purposes to pass on to the U3A computer group MK. Vodafone has finally made […]
  • Uninstalling Antivirus and Malware Program’s - A member of the U3A group had asked me to come and fix her Windows-7 PC. It was slow and sometimes it seemed to hang, plus sometimes she couldn’t get to her web-mail. So, I went, and saw that she Avast antivirus and malware program fighting with MSE for supremacy. Out came my memory stick […]
  • Windows 7 Gadgets - Have you ever lost your Win7 gadgets? You went out in the morning and they were there, you came back late and they were gone! Swear, swear! How to get them back? This might work; at least it did for me. Type “windows feature” in ‘the search programs’ on the Start menu. Select “Turn Windows […]

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